Hot or Burning Feet

The sensation that your feet are burning can be particularly unnerving, to say the least. And peripheral neuropathy, which is a primary cause of that burning foot feeling, is a result of damage to or constriction of your nerves. This phenomenon has a range of severity from merely a mild, inconveniencing numbness to debilitating burning and pain that can be totally disabling. The most common cause of burning feet syndrome is complications from diabetes. Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can also cause damage to the peripheral nerves causing burning and numbness.

 

Some other conditions that can cause you to experience hot feet are:

 

  • Kidney disease
  • Athlete’s foot and nail fungus
  • Hypothyroid
  • Medication side effects
  • Blood vessel swelling
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Artery disease

 

Treatment for hot feet caused by diabetes should be discussed with your doctor. A combination or blood sugar control, diet, and medications are all part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

 

Other treatments for burning feet sensations may include:

 

  • Eliminate alcohol—this will help prevent additional nerve damage and allow damaged nerves to begin the healing process.
  • Kidney dialysis—Toxins built up in the blood can cause numbness and burning in the feet, and cleaning the blood removes these toxins.
  • Vitamin injections—since low B vitamins can cause burning feet problems, injections can often help heal the damaged nerves.

 

The causes of hot feet can be many and varied. Your doctor may suggest a variety of tests including nerve conduction, urine and blood tests, and possibly a spinal fluid test. For burning caused by mechanical deformities such as neuromas, special orthotic inserts bay be helpful at isolating the area and allowing healing to commence.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have extensive experience in treating burning feet, and all other types of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

If you are experiencing pain on the underside or back of your heel, it is not always cause for alarm. Minor heel pain will usually subside with rest and by avoiding rubbing on the heel from tight fitting shoes. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of issues, some of which are serious enough to sideline you for days at a time.

 

Some factors and conditions that may be implicated in the onset of heel pain include the following:

 

Achilles tendon injuryThis large tendon runs along the back of your heel and connects to your calf muscle. It is responsible for allowing you to point your foot and push off when you walk or exercise, so bruising, tearing, or breaking this tendon can cause pain, discomfort and a lack of mobility. Depending upon the severity of the injury, treatments can range from resting and icing all the way to surgical repair of a torn or broken tendon.

 

Heel bone fracture—Actually breaking your heel bone may occur during vigorous workouts and exercise, especially in high impact court sports such as tennis and basketball, where there’s a lot of running and jumping and twisting and turning.

 

Diabetesnerve damage from diabetes, which is called peripheral neuropathy, can cause pain and a numbing sensation in the heel.

 

Plantar fasciitisThe wide band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia. When this tissue becomes inflamed and irritated due to overuse or injury, it can cause radiating problems into your Achilles tendon.

 

Heel callus—Thick, dry skin that forms around your heel in response to rubbing on the back your shoes can suddenly crack and break open causing severe pain and making it hard to just stand and walk.

 

Gout attack—This is a condition caused by uric acid crystallizing in the joints causing severe pain. Although the big toe joint is typically affected, other joints in the foot including the ankle and heel can also be stricken.

 

Many foot problems have similar symptoms, so it is very important to see a foot doctor to find out what is actually causing your heel pain.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Tarsal Tunnel Trouble

The tarsal tunnel is a groove that appears between part of your ankle bone and a group of tendons and ligaments that span across the top of your foot. This tunnel carries the nerves, tendons, and arteries that, in conjunction with your brain, allow your foot to move.

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

One of the major nerves inside the tarsal tunnel is the tibial nerve, which is the main conduit for providing feeling to the bottom of your foot. This nerve can become stressed and irritated due to excess pressure and stress, causing the condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS).

 

Injuries and diseases that may cause this excess pressure include:

  • Fallen arches or flat feet
  • Inflammation from an ankle injury
  • Diabetes and arthritis
  • Varicose veins or bone spurs

 

A few of the symptoms of TTS consist of:

  • Numbness
  • Burning and tingling
  • Stabbing pain

 

A diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome can be a complicated matter and it is important to consult with a medical professional, such as a podiatrist, to devise the best treatment plan. Your foot doctor will perform a complete clinical exam followed by imaging studies (X-ray, CT or MRI), and electrical testing such as EMG or nerve conduction evaluation may be performed or prescribed to help confirm the diagnosis and devise the best treatment plan.

 

Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
  • Splints, other types of braces, and orthotic inserts to decrease some of the pressure on the nerve

 

In severe cases, TTS may not respond well to conservative treatments and will require the intervention of a skilled surgeon to release the pressure on the nerve.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Gout Will Make You Pout!

Gout is often a recurring condition that causes joints to become red, swollen and extremely tender to the touch. Historically it has been known as the “disease of kings” due to it’s connection to a diet consisting of large amounts of meat, alcohol, and seafood.

 

Gout frequently affects the big toe, but may also occur in the ankles, knees, hands and wrists. Elevated levels of uric acid can crystallize and form needle-like deposits in joints, around tendons and other tissues, causing extreme pain.

 

Diagnosis of gout:

  • Visual inspection—The telltale signs of podagra—which is another name for gout when it affects your big toe—are generally straightforward, with redness and swelling evident, and difficulty in moving the toe joint without extreme pain.
  • Synovial fluid inspection—Your doctor will use a needle to extract a sample of fluid from the joint and inspect it under a microscope to look for the presence of the urate crystals.
  • Blood test—The level of uric acid will be determined by examining your blood. High levels need to be brought under control with diet or medication or both.

Treatment for gout:

  • Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
  • Ice the affected area several times a day for 15 minutes each
  • Steroids are injected into the joint to provide instant relief
  • Allopurinol, a powerful medicine, may be prescribed after the attack to prevent future bouts of gout
  • Avoid diets that are high in purines

 

Some of the foods that have been proven to help lower the risk of a gout attack include: cherries, blueberries, bananas, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Drinking organic apple cider vinegar, fruit juices and pure water is also an excellent way to cleanse your blood.

 

If you are experiencing the debilitating pain of a gout attack, it is important to consult with your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment, and to try to prevent future outbreaks.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).